WRITING SAMPLE GUIDELINES for RAND Careers
Writing Sample Guidelines
Research publications or other similar writing samples are required for all research and analysis jobs. Excellent analytical skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively are necessary for all levels of employment in RAND research, and your writing sample is important in the evaluation of your application.
Electronic, Unclassified Samples Preferred
The writing sample should generally be in the range of 10-15 pages in published form, or 20-30 pages in manuscript form, and should be one of the following:
Newspaper articles are not appropriate writing samples.
One writing sample is sufficient if it is a published journal article from a refereed source. In other cases, two writing samples are required.
Writing samples must be in English and should be provided electronically, as an attachment to your online application.
Print or Classified Samples
If you do not have an electronic version of your writing samples, or if your writing samples are all classified, create a document in one of the following formats: pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, htm, html, or ppt. Include your name, date of application, and the position for which you are applying (posting title and reference code).
Indicate one of the following in the document:
Save the document and attach it as a writing sample with your application.
Once you have attached the above statement to your application, send the print sample(s) by U.S. mail following these guidelines:
YOUR RETURN ADDRESS MUST MATCH THE POSTMARK ON THE ENVELOPE
Writing samples provided via U.S. mail will not be returned.
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